Wednesday, August 22, 2012

17th 1st Day of School

I survived my 17th 1st day of School!
It's going to be a great year! 
25 Second Graders
15 Girls
10 Boys

Today we learned:
 the Union Elementary Mission Statement.
I am here to learn and always do my best.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Welcome to Team Newell Stadium

Here is a QUICK Tour of Our Room!
Once on TEAM NEWELL- Always on TEAM NEWELL!These are the pictures that I collected over 16 years of teaching! I wish I would have saved more :( The blank basketball scrapbook page is for this year- YEAR 17!
Open House Ready
All important papers are in the Upper Sandusky Schools folder to take home the night before school starts.
Our classroom theme is "Team Newell". Teamwork is a very important part of our classroom. I love Babe Ruth's TEAMWORK quote!
Bath Ruth candy bars - OH BABY, Let's go NUTS for TEAM NEWELL!
My favorite teacher resource is Kagan Cooperative Learning! Great TEAMWORK activities!
Students will put away supplies at Open House.

This is our Guided Reading Area! Tons of books! Science Supplies are also in this area because I received $3,000 of materials (books) and supplies (hands on experiments) from a Martha Holden Jennings Grant. Students love learning science concepts using children's literature. I will post the "I Can" posters that I made over the summer as we complete Common Core Standards with student signatures on our I CAN Bulletin Board.

iPod Cart on the Left & Smart Board
Mission Statement: I am here to learn and always do my best!
Turn in boxes. I DO NOT use these as mailboxes. Students turn in work in their cubbies. I absolutely love this because it's an easy way for me to see who has turned in their papers & who hasn't! It's also great because when I take out papers- they are in order by #. I record grades in PowerTeacher right away as I grade papers each night. I do not have a paper version grade book. Papers are already in order & I zip through entering them!!

Reading Dugout with TONS of Books! I have been collecting books at garage sales and book fairs! Students will take turns on the sport bean bags. I have 37 baskets of trade books and 16 baskets of chapter books. I can never have enough books! Love donations!

Black and white duct tape to make referee stripes :) Bought sports easter baskets at Hobby Lobby!

My area for materials and supplies. Starting Line Up bulletin board will have student baseball cards. We will be using an app to make baseball cards on our iPod Touches. 

I love these drawers. I found these at Lowe's years ago.

I have 3 important binders.
Lesson Plan Binder, Technology Binder, Guest Teacher Binder

These are 2 of my biggest Pet Peeves as a teacher! Will address these on day 1! So happy to find these posters at the Dollar Tree!

 I used Green and White Duct Tape to cover a yucky heater! The heater is magnetic so I will use the area for Daily 5 rotation. I have magnets with each student's number and will manage groups by placing them under posters.

Phonic Phones and Reading Buddies in tubs- stuffed animals.
There is a rotation who sits in stadium chairs. Just like bean bags!

Golf Discipline

Bucket Fillers
Work to Cheer About!
Each student has a scrapbook page. I will display work on the pages. It saves me from using tape each time I want to display work. It also helps me to see who if someone is missing work.

Turn in Homework Folder Area. P.E. Shoes.

New TV. I wrote a grant for a Wii and TV.
Team Promise bulletin board will soon have our Team Promises.

Word Wall. Found these great labels on Pinterest. I am very sorry that I forget which teacher blog was pinned! I search for ideas hours and hours and hours! I laminated words and will be putting them on with magnets. Students will be able to remove words and reattach if needed. 

Soon to come!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blog Awards

I am excited to receive three blog AWARDS 
this summer:) 
I was nominated by Inside the Classroom for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Great blog! I'm your newest follower! I've also nominated you for an award and hope you hop by!
For this award, here are the rules:  
1. Become a "Follower" to the person who gave you the award. 

2. Link back to the person that gave you the award.

3. Pass to 15 new bloggers and then let them know they have received the award. 

Here are the awesome blogs I'm passing this award on to:
  Finding 15 blogs that don't already have this award are a bit tough...but here is what I have so far!
If you already have this award- I am sorry. I looked for the award symbol on your blog! I am definitely new at this!

I was nominated by Adventures in Teaching for the Liebster Blog Award! Thank you so much!

Hi Mindy...I am passing on an award to you. Please visit my blog to pick it up (and while you are there, enter my first giveaway.
PS Love the posters!

The rules of the Liebster Award are:
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed (see below)
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.
I am also nominating these blogs for the Liebster Blog! I tried to follow all  the rules! 

I was nominated by a fellow techie for the Versatile Blogger. I love to find others who are interested in integrating technology too! 
Thank you for the award!
Love finding other great techies! I am your newest follower. I have also nominated you for The Versatile Blog award so stop by and pick it up if you get a chance.
Enchanted with Technology

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give seven random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their blog
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated

Seven random facts about me:
1. I love shoes!
2. My golf handicap is 17 (for 18 holes) 8.5 (for 9 holes).
3. I hate water. I drink Dt. Coke! Clearly need counseling!
4. I rarely wear clothes twice in a season- but I do wear them again the next year :) Love clothes!
5. I have 2 blogs. 
6. I have my own gun and bow. 
7. I love the smell of bleach!

 I know most of you have already received this award so I'll add more as I stumble upon new bloggers.

80 Member GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited! I hit 80 members! Help me celebrate 80 members by entering my giveaway! Receive a $25.00 gift card- one of my favorite things to receive as a gift! Have a great school year!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope to celebrate 100 members with all of you some day too!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Organize Your Lessons

I love to organize! 

How do you organize your lessons? 
Don't forget to "back up" all your hard work! 
External Hard Drive! I bought mine at Walmart for $40.00!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back to School

I found this while I was updating our class iPods and LAUGHED! So true!
Do you have the technology for your room updated, synced and charged? 

Here are a few of my favorite technology cartoons!

Have a great year!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Team Work!


I am so happy that Anita from
found me! We are going to TEAM UP this year for 2nd grade BLOGGING! I am excited to learn and to involve my students!!I am thankful for BLOGGER!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Blog Hop

1. What state are you in? I live in Upper Sandusky, Ohio!
2. Your current teaching position: I teach 2nd Grade!
3. Your teaching experience: This is my 17th year teaching.
4.When you started Blogging? I started blogging in March 2012. I love learning from teachers from all over the world! This has been a blast!
5. Share a blogging tip/blogging resource: If you need a blog make over- go to Diana is the best!

Happy Blog Hopping!

Teaching Second Graders to Blog

My friend, Basia Heinzman, from the Thoughtful Classroom inspired me to use my Team Newell Blog to teach my 2nd Graders to Blog! After reading the article that she sent me (Rewards of teaching young children to blog By Linda Yollis), I can't wait to start! There are lots of rewards to student blogging!

I have created a "Student Posts" label on the right hand side of my Team Newell Blog
Please "Follow" our blog to be a part of our online learning experience!  Leave comments and join along! School starts August 22! Come back soon!
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